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Boy, the GOP's Platform Really Rails on Public Transit

WIRED

It's what the newly official GOP presidential nominee does, he says, and it will be no different once he's elected. In May, he promised to "build the greatest infrastructure on the planet earth--the roads and railways and airports of tomorrow." And while Trump hasn't put forward any specific proposals to change how Americans move--by automobile, plane, foot, bike, or public transit--the GOP's newly released 2016 platform is openly hostile to just about everything but gas-loving cars. Complaining that the current Administration "subordinates civil engineering to social engineering," Republicans want to end all federal funding for mass transit, which they call "an inherently local affair that serves only a small portion of the population, concentrated in six big cities." Never mind that federal dollars serve as a lifeline in states without many urban centers, and that rural transit ridership is growing.



Uber's new update will now let you look at public transit data while using the app

Mashable

Uber just made it a lot easier for customers to hop out of one of their cars and onto another form of transportation. The ride-hailing service announced on Tuesday that its Android app will now allow users to easily access real-time public transportation data. This means customers using Android can better plan trips that require multiple modes of transportation, and say, jump out of an Uber and continue traveling on a bus or train. To add the new data, Uber partnered with Canadian navigation and transit company aptly called Transit. The new integration is available in close to 50 cities as of Tuesday, according to a press release put up by Uber.


Uber Update: App Adds Real-Time Public Transportation Data

International Business Times

Uber's new latest update is hoping to make your trips easier by showing real-time public transportation data in the app, the company announced Tuesday. The update should do well for those living in big cities, like San Francisco and New York, and will keep travelers from switching from app to app while traveling. For example, say you live in Queens, New York, you can take an Uber to the train station and then take the train to Manhattan -- avoiding crazy traffic. For that trip you would have to go through the Uber app to book a car and a separate app for public transportation information. Uber is fixing that with its new update by partnering with the Transit app, a Montreal-based firm that operates in 125 cities worldwide.


A 20-Year Community Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Research in the US

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Decades of research in artificial intelligence (AI) have produced formidable technologies that are providing immense benefit to industry, government, and society. AI systems can now translate across multiple languages, identify objects in images and video, streamline manufacturing processes, and control cars. The deployment of AI systems has not only created a trillion-dollar industry that is projected to quadruple in three years, but has also exposed the need to make AI systems fair, explainable, trustworthy, and secure. Future AI systems will rightfully be expected to reason effectively about the world in which they (and people) operate, handling complex tasks and responsibilities effectively and ethically, engaging in meaningful communication, and improving their awareness through experience. Achieving the full potential of AI technologies poses research challenges that require a radical transformation of the AI research enterprise, facilitated by significant and sustained investment. These are the major recommendations of a recent community effort coordinated by the Computing Community Consortium and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence to formulate a Roadmap for AI research and development over the next two decades.